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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2013

CONTACT: Jennifer Miller, (608) 266-1683

NEW EXHIBIT SPOTLIGHTS ARTWORK BY WISCONSIN’S
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING RESIDENTS

March is Deaf History Month

MADISON—Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art created by Wisconsin residents who have varying degrees of hearing loss, plus artwork by sign language interpreters, will go on display Wednesday, March 13, at the Department of Health Services building in Downtown Madison to commemorate Deaf History Month, March 13-April 15.

“These amazing works of art reflect the richness and diversity of people who have a hearing loss and those who work with them,” said Linda Huffer, Director of the Office Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Department of Health Services. “My hope for those who view the artwork is that they get a sense of the many perspectives and an appreciation of some of the challenges of hearing loss.”

Secretary-Elect Kitty Rhoades invites everyone to come and view the artwork at the DHS Headquarters this month. “Our mission is to help Wisconsin residents, like the deaf and hard of hearing, overcome obstacles in day-to-day life.” Rhoades said, “These works of art also remind us that, while we all face challenges, we all have unique abilities, too.”

The submissions were gathered from artists across the state of Wisconsin and are on display throughout the DHS headquarters at 1 West Wilson Street. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours Monday-Friday. An open house for the Grand Opening of the exhibit is Wednesday, March 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the range of services it provides, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/sensory/.

Artwork on display at DHS during Deaf History Month.

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